Scotland 7s' preparations for the fourthcoming Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow took place in Largs this week at a three day training camp at sportscotland's National Training Centre.
A squad of 16, including the 12 players who will travel for the tournament in Russia next week (28-30 June), were put through their paces with rugby sessions, gym work, social media and nutritional training.
Scotland 7s back, Jim Thompson and skills coach, Graham Shiel caught up with www.scottishrugby.org at the camp:
Scotland 7s will open their Rugby World Cup 7s campaign, where they will compete in Group B, against Japan on Friday 28 June at 7.36pm (local-time).
They will then complete their group against hosts Russia at 1.02pm and then South Africa at 7.16pm on Saturday 29 June (both times local).
Scotland 7s squad to compete at the Rugby World Cup 7s at Luzhniki Sports Complex between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 June 2013: Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s), Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s), Struan Dewar (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), Colin Gregor (captain) (Scotland 7s), Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s), Jim Thompson (London Scottish), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s) and James Johnstone (Scotland 7s).
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be out of this world in more ways than one. The tournament, which takes place from June 28-30 at the famous Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, is set to deliver superb entertainment on and off the field, blending the best men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens on the planet with international bands as part of a cultural festival that is already taking the Russian capital by storm.
The theme of ‘New Frontiers’, the RWC Sevens 2013 festival is set to take the Game to fresh pastures, looking to the future while also embracing Rugby’s rich heritage.
Headlining the music festival will be French electronica band Space, which has been a popular visitor to Moscow since the late 1970s. As part of the show, there will be a number of surprise elements consistent with the theme and embracing Russia’s proud tradition of space exploration and cosmonautics.
“Moscow’s sports fans are in for a real treat during RWC Sevens 2013. Not only do they get to watch the world’s greatest Rugby Sevens players perform on the global stage but they will also have the chance to experience a unique international music and cultural festival at a truly iconic venue,” said RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
“Never before have we taken such a high-profile tournament to a new territory such as Russia. It is a demonstration of our commitment to grow the Game beyond its usual heartlands and it is exciting for Rugby that Sevens is growing so rapidly in popularity that places such as Moscow are realistic hosts for our major events."
The festival continues with a host of Rugby Sevens tournaments running parallel to the main event and several of the outside pitches at the Luzhniki complex will host competitive Rugby involving elite men, elite women, youths, students and veterans. It will be a memorable event for all involved and one that will provide a lasting legacy of participation for players and spectators alike.
In total there will be 11 tournaments taking place around the RWC Sevens involving 130 teams from all over Russia and further afield with more than 2,000 players of all ages, shapes and sizes taking part.
A Rugby village will be in place at Luzhniki also with food tents, innovative fan interaction stands and plenty of entertainment for all the family.
It is a special occasion for Space, too, who will be avidly watching the Rugby action during the three-day tournament.
Space frontman Didier Marouani said: “This is a great honour for me. I am proud to be invited to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 for different reasons. I love all sports and Rugby in particular so it will be great to see the best teams in the world taking part in what will be a closely fought and very intense tournament.”
“June 29 will be a very important anniversary for me and my band as it will be 30 years to the day since we last appeared at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. That was a great tour for us in 1983, where we played 21 concerts in front of more than 600,000 in Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev in what was then the USSR.”
“For this anniversary concert on June 29 at Luzhniki there will be a lot of surprises with a world premiere, some spectacular special effects and a new show laser. I invite everyone who likes our music to come and celebrate this special day with us at this world-class Rugby tournament.
“I know already through my Facebook pages than a lot of people from Russia and other nearby republics will come to our concert. I believe that sport and music fit very well together and I am looking forward to seeing you all in Moscow.”
In addition to Space, a number of popular Russian bands have also been booked to play at the festival, giving spectators a unique chance to experience a sporting and cultural extravaganza.